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Reasons to Love Vietnam – A Destination like no other

Vietnam should most certainly be one of your top travel destinations. Home to dramatic landscapes, a beguiling history and delicious food the country is known for its energetic entertainment.


The Street Food is Hard to Resist

Vietnam's sidewalks are its best restaurants. Well serviced with little plastic chairs the roadside food kiosks are hard to pass up. Just about any favoured Vietnamese food is available at these street cafes such as famous noodle soup and bun ca which is a char grilled pork served on a bed of rice noodles, flavoured with dipping sauce and herbs. Street food is the most popular form of dining in Vietnam and it's a common sight to see locals gathered around the food kiosks, tucking into local favourites at any given time of the day. Certainly one of the country's signature experiences the street food in Vietnam is a reason to keep coming back.


The Hustle and Bustle of Motorbikes

One of the major experiences you will never forget is trying to cross the streets in Vietnam. The city streets are a hodge podge of motorists and pedestrians. Motorbikes of course take precedence as the preferred mode of transportation. In fact there are over 39 million motorbikes being used in Vietnam! 'Organizes chaos' is the apt term to describe the streets of Vietnam; and crossing the street is an art you fine tune over time. The main goal is to keep a steady pace when crossing and to make eye contact with oncoming cars or bikes. All in all it is quite a sight to watch the hundreds of bikes whizzing past with a pillion rider in most instances. Do take along the cameras when on a leisurely stroll for snapping up this typical phenomenon. Of course if you are in a Hoi An resort do hail one of the rickshaw bicycles to transport you around the busy streets in a traditional manner.


Coffee in Vietnam

Vietnam is the world's second largest coffee producer; hence they know a thing or two about the brew. Best of all Vietnamese coffee is served with condensed milk – one of the best accompaniments to good quality coffee. Naturally the street cafes are best for stopping and savouring a cup of jo and enjoying some people or scooter watching. Especially areas along the beautiful Thu Bon River in Hoi An is excellent for enjoying a good cup of coffee and beautiful surroundings. Did you know that Hoi An City is just 5kms from the popular beaches of An Bang and Cua Dai; you can actually cycle to the beaches from Anantara Hoi An Resort or take a boat from the jetty.


Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta sits along the south-western coast of Vietnam. This is where the Mekong River meets the sea. Ideally you should visit the charming village of Can Tho for an authentic taste of rural living. This region is popularly referred to as the 'Rice Bowl'; you can guess why!


The Magical Caves

Huge caves that hold within its folds jungles and lakes are still being uncovered in the country. Do plan a visit to Son Doon Cave for an enchanting experience; this is the world's largest discovered cave. Apart for the very restricted Son Doon Cave there are others in Vietnam that requires exploration such as Paradise Cave.